New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult masterfully captures human relationships in her powerful novels.
©2006 Jodi Picoult; (P)2006 Recorded Books
"Picoult gets better and better with each book...this is an entrancing novel. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
I would think twice before before buying another book by this author. The plot was predictable, the dialog repetitious, and the courtroom scenes went on forever,
I will probably pick something light and funny.
One of the narrators had a habit of intaking her breath very noisily. I was tempted to fast forward through her narrations.
It was a long listen for the money.
The reader was pretty much as whiney as the "victim"
An improbable situation, with characters acting in reprehensible ways. Protagonist is quite the victim - but really?? Stigmata? A custody battle. An evangelical atheist turned lover & believer? Oh brother.
I love this author. Her stories are totally different from anyone else's, and are always heart rending as well as loving, funny, and real. I'm always interested I. Whatever this author publishes.
I liked how the Mother and Grandmother believed the child was seeing God and did not try to dissuade her from her experience. She had the faith of a child in that she was not afraid of what she was seeing and did not try to hide the experience or exploit it. It seemed that she was not even aware of her "healing" power until the end. I do think that it brought out the fact that all children react to divorce.
I liked the guardian. She came with an open mind and was not afraid to retract her recommendation when it became apparent that the mother was not harming her child.
I am unsure.
The Faith of a Child
It's hard to tell if the story is a good one or not. The narrator reads so slowwwwwly that it's almost impossible to get any sense of the protagonist. The flat affect doesn't help, either. I realize she's trying to play a part, but it's dull and ineffective. I don't know if I'll be able to finish it......
I found the storyline to be forced or manipulative, like the characters did whatever the writer needed them to do to further the storyline. I didn't think that it was particularly even handed in the question of "to believe or not to believe (in God)." If you are a believer, you might like to have your choice validated, but I didn't find it believable or compelling.
I enjoyed the book at the beginning but found the ending to be a little dull. It's not one of her best works and I have read a number of them.
I really loved My Sisters Keeper, it brought up so many complex issues, and wove together a many layered story. Keeping Faith was surprisingly one dimensional and predictable. I didn't make it to the end of the story.
I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult. With this book however I found myself feeling a bit bored at the beginning. I decided to give the book more time but I'm not really interested in going back. Should I give it another try?
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